Events and Programs

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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 Program Schedule for 2018

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

****Canoe and Kayak  Rental Concession

Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  

Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $30.00 for 4 hours.

Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one.  PFD and paddles are supplied.

Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.

Times are 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Rental is open weekends only.  For boat rental information or to make a reservation for an upcoming weekend, call 570-345-8952 during the week (leave a message) On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.  Cash or check only.  (no cards)  Identification required

Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available. 

Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals.  $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned. 

****Monarch Butterflies
Monday, August 20 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. 
 Herb and Ann Lee Schlegel have created a Monarch way station at their Schuylkill Haven home. As part of the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program, the couple has, in fact, created a haven of host and nectar plants on their property. From egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly the Schlegels raise 200 to 400 Monarchs a season. Come and learn about their journey to benefit this beautiful and important species. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For info or direction call 570-345-8952.

****Zoo America
Wednesday, Sept 5 @ 7:00pm (raindate Sept 6) Large Pavilion
Do something wild! Hershey’s Zoo America will present “Creatures of the Night” highlighting some of our nocturnal animal friends. Come and learn about the adaptations these creatures have developed to survive at night. This program will take place outdoors by the large pavilion on the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse grounds and will include live animals. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. This program is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation and is free and open to the public! For info or directions call 570-345-8952.

****CANCELLED****Fall Bird Walk   
Saturday, September 22,  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
 Wednesday, October 10 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.   Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake.  Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District.  The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature.  Recommended for children ages 3-6.

**** Simple Gifts Folk and World Music
Friday, October 19th, Clubhouse at 7:00PM
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Oct. 19, @ 7pm. This award-winning band performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo, and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek.

Simple Gifts members, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, present a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots. The group has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including appearances at the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Governors' Convention, Longwood Gardens, National Theater, Whitaker Center, Hershey Theatre, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts.

****Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary
Tuesday, October 23, @ 7pm  
Arriving in his Super Green Turtle Machine, Jesse Rothacker, founder of Forgotten Friend, performs animal shows for audiences of all ages. The sanctuary is a non-profit reptile rescue and educational organization. Their mission is to give reptiles a chance by rescuing animals that need their help. Jesse provides fun outreach programs to spread the reptile love. Located in Lancaster County, the sanctuary also offers reptile adoptions. 

This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 

****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  “Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  All ages welcome!

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